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JMB operative held from Kolkata in Bodh Gaya blast case

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

A 22-year-old man was arrested Saturday for alleged links to the terror outfit Bangladesh (JMB), which was involved in the blast last year, police said.

The of arrested alias Arif, a resident of Barpeta of Assam, from Babughat at around 5.30 am, they said.

On January 19 last year, a low-intensity bomb had exploded hours after Tibetan had finished a sermon at the in in

"Arif studied at Howly in and worked as a helper with truck drivers. He came in touch with alias Kauser and and was invited by them to join JMB," a Kolkata said.

The said that Arif was in contact with other operatives.

"In January 2018, Arif along with Adil, Hassan, Chota Kareem and Kausar went to Bodh Gaya, conducted recce and planted explosives. He was directly involved in the blast," the said.

He added that after the blast, Arif absconded to and was involved in dacoities with other associates.

"He came to Kolkata for some work regarding recce and preparations for a plot to secure the escape of Kauser from custody on the way to court from jail," he said.

Some documents and papers have also been seized from him, he added.

The (NIA) had last year arrested five people in connection with the case.

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First Published: Sat, February 16 2019. 20:50 IST